"Era elefanter äter."

Translation:Your elephants eat.

November 18, 2014



Can't wait to use this sentence :D :D

November 18, 2014


The applications are practically limitless.

November 26, 2014


Especially so much people own elephants and I don't have any. :(

July 21, 2015


your--plural er-ert-era,,your-singular -din-ditt -dina..

November 27, 2014


Tack så mycket

February 11, 2016


Thankyou! And when is it sin\sitt\sina

January 3, 2015


"Owned by the subject previously mentioned" - it's a possessive that doesn't quite exist in English. If I were to say "Maria ate her food" then this would be "Maria äter sin mat", as opposed to "Maria äter hennes mat" which would sort-of translate as "Maria ate food that is owned by some woman that isn't Maria".

Sitt for ett-words, sina for plurals.

January 4, 2015


Following your explanation the use of sin would be translated as " Maria is eating her own food" as opposed to some other food, as I understand it.

January 24, 2015


If you wanted a 100% accurate translation, then yep.

January 25, 2015


"Owned by the subject previously mentioned" if third person

June 11, 2015


Is it a sign that I'm learning too many languages when I spell it "elefant" in English?

November 30, 2014


I take it as a sign that English is too stubborn to make sense, only spelling it with a 'ph' because of some weird worship of Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece.

January 31, 2015

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    Thank you! Using an archaic PH combination when there's a perfectly valid letter F is truly stubborn. I hope the language evolves one day.

    July 4, 2016


    If enough people do it, it'll change!

    August 24, 2016


    It's not stubborn worship. It's simply how the language has naturally evolved over time.

    August 10, 2018


    And once again another word for your in Swedish

    June 11, 2015


    How can I see, that it's plural, if my task to write first word (Er/Era/Ert)?

    August 16, 2015


    You know it is plural because 'elefanter' is plural; singular would be 'elefant'.

    August 1, 2016


    This might be helpful to some people in understanding er, ert, and era as well as din, ditt, and ditta:


    February 15, 2016


    There's a lot going on here. If there was one elephant it would be din (singular) elefant, or er (plural) elefant. With multiple elephants, it would be dina (singular) elefanter, or era (plural) elefanter. Yes?

    September 14, 2015


    what is the difference between er - ni?

    October 31, 2015


    Ni: subject Er: possessive

    December 14, 2016


    "You" vs. "your"

    August 6, 2017


    Why is there so many words for your in swedish?:(

    February 16, 2016

    1. There are different words for 'you' depending on whether you mean you = one person or you = several people. (du vs. ni)

    2. There are different words for 'your', depending on two different things: (a) whether the 'your' refers to just one person or to more than one person; (b) whether the 'your' is describing an en noun, an ett noun, or a plural noun.

    August 8, 2016


    tack sa mycket:)!

    February 1, 2017



    The voice is not quite perfect on this sentence, as of May 10th, 2018, so I've taken the liberty of re-recording it.

    To be honest, it's not terrible here, but I'm currently doing some re-recordings on sentences that appear early on, where multiple words are stressed incorrectly. And that's the issue here - the sentence should be much more fluid, but there are weird stresses that make the voice break off slightly at several occasions.

    Please find a correct recording on http://duolingo.vydea.io/6e4aa74b589344f089ceb4532f6ba5f5.mp3

    For more info on re-recordings, please check the info thread: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23723515

    Thanks for listening. Ha en bra dag! :)

    May 10, 2018


    Is "era" really pronounced with such a long "e"? I kept thinking the word must be one i forgot that started with y, g, j, or i

    June 11, 2015


    Yes, the E is long.

    July 21, 2015


    Varför inte "eating"

    October 12, 2015


    Your elephants are eating is an accepted answer. The Swedish sentence covers both.

    October 21, 2015


    So what I've learned is that is it usually always 'Era' over 'Ert' or 'Er' to say 'Your' when discussing plurals. Correct?

    August 8, 2016


    It depends on what you mean by 'plural'.

    1. On the one hand, there is the 'your' that refers to a singular you (when something belongs to just one person, and the 'your' that refers to more than one person (when something belongs to plural you = 'you all'.)

    2. On the other hand, the noun being described by either of the above can be either singular or plural.

    For example:

    your car (singular you = du) - din bil
    your car (plural you = ni) - er bil
    your cars (singular you = du) - dina bilar
    your cars (plural you = ni) - era bilar

    your apple (singular you = du) - ditt äpple
    your apple (plural you = ni) - ert äpple
    your apples (singular you = du) - dina äpplen
    your apples (plural you = ni) - era äpplen

    If 'era' seems to be used more frequently than 'er' or 'ert', it is probably because when you are talking about more than one person, you usually also are talking about more than one noun belonging to those people.

    August 8, 2016


    Why not Ert?? :/

    October 8, 2016


    The word 'elepfanter' is plural, so you need the plural form 'era'. The form 'ert' is singular neuter.

    October 9, 2016


    I've been reading a lot of other discussions, but I still don't understand Er-Era-Ert, Din-Dina-Ditt, Sin-Sina-sitt

    I know that the ones ending 'a' are plural, but I still don't get the others.

    January 12, 2017


    I'm going to be extra explicit for the sake of clarity. The first one is for "your", as in one person.

    • din = you (one person) have something which is a singular en-word
    • ditt = you (one person) has something which is a singular ett-word
    • dina = you (one person) has multiple of somethings

    The second one is for "your", as in multiple people.

    • er = you (multiple people) have something which is a singular en-word
    • ert = you (multiple people) have something which is a singular ett-word
    • era = you (multiple people) have multiple of somethings

    Then we have sin/sitt/sina, which works a little differently. Let's say you have an English sentence like "he looks at his sheep" - you can guess that "his" means the sheep that belongs to the "he", but they could belong to some other male.

    In Swedish, we have different words for "his" depending on whether it's his own of something, or somebody else's. So sin/sitt/sina means "his/her/its" for something that belongs to the same person, and it's for en-words / ett-words / plurals, respectively.

    I hope that helps!

    January 12, 2017


    Ah, thanks ^^

    January 13, 2017


    Is "elefant" an ett or an en word?

    January 30, 2017


    It's an en-word.

    January 30, 2017



    January 30, 2017


    i would say : ¨dina elefanter äter¨..the same case as saying ¨det är dina nycklar¨. isn´t right?

    August 20, 2018


    dina is if it's one person, era if there are multiple people.

    August 20, 2018


    Why is "era" pronounced like that?

    May 30, 2019


    The voice sounds correct to me. What do you find incorrect, please?

    May 30, 2019
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